tv Squawk Box CNBC January 13, 2014 6:00am-9:01am EST
good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box" on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with andrew ross sorkin. andrew has this morning's top stories. andrew? thank you, becky. making headlines, general motors' cfo says the automaker is close to reintroducing a stock dividend. they continue to believe they will break even in europe by mid decade. in other gm news just days before it learns whether a 2014 chevrolet silverado pickup truck wins the honors as north american truck of the year, the company is recalling 370,000 full-size trucks due to a potential fire hazard. gm's incoming ceo mary barra is joining us live from the detroit auto show at 8:00 a.m. eastern time this morning. also, southwest airlines had
a plane land at the wrong missouri plane last night. the flight to chicago midway was scheduled to land at the nearby branson airport with a longer runway. nobody was hurt. that's the good news. it is not clear whether the plane landed at the airport by accident or whether there was an actual emergency. and picking up on what becky was talking about in news around target, neiman marcus is saying thieves stole some of its customers' payment card information and made unauthorized charges over the holiday season. no estimate yet on how many customers may be affected. reuters reporting that target and neiman marcus may not be the only u.s. retailers breached during the holiday shopping season. three other well-known retailers were hit with smaller breaches than the one that hit target using similar techniques. walmart tells cnbc it did not suffer any security breaches over the holiday, so we can cross that one off the list for that. meantime, back to becky with a lot more news on target. >> thank you. target first announced that massive security breach on
december 19th. the details have come out slowly with the first disclosure zoo citing 40 million customers using debit cards or credit cards in the stores. later it came out that pip numbers were compromised and now up to 70 million additional customers had their personal information stole enas well. what does market know? i asked the chairman and ceo gregg steinhofel. >> we are in the middle of a criminal investigation and can only share so much, but as time goes on, we'll get to the bottom of this. we are not going to rest until we realize what happened and how that happened. clearly, we're accountable. and we're responsible. but we're going to come out at the end of this a better company and we're going to make significant changes. i mean, that's what you do when you go through a period lithis. you have to learn from this and we're committed to do this. >> what can you share? was it an outside vendor?
what happened? >> we don't know the full extent of what transpired, but what we do know was there was malware installed on the point of sale registers. we have established that and removed the malware so we can provide a safe and secure shopping environment. this investigation is ongoing. and it's going to take some time before we really understand the full extent of what's happened. >> what do you think did it? >> i have no idea who did it. i think -- what i hope that we find out in time and we are working closely with law enforcement to try to determine who did it, when did they do it and how did they do it. >> do you think it was cyber terrorism? is that fair to say? >> i don't really want to speculate. the one thing i've learned throughout this crisis is share what you know, be honest and don't speculate on what you don't know. and i just don't know that. >> obviously, as you're going through and doing this, it's going to take some time. you were trying to tell people what you knew when you knew it, that information has changed over time. at first it was the 40 million debit and credit card accounts.
then we found out the pin numbers could be accessible in some situations. and then we just found out that you're looking at 70 million shoppers whose personal information, whether e-mail or phone numbers, home addresses, some of that was compromised. how confident are you that this is everything that was compromised at this point? >> we're very confident that our safe, our environment is safe and secure. and we have no evidence that there's any other guest information that was removed from our environment. as you said, we've tried to be transparent and timely in our communication, so initially in the forensic investigation, we were informed that pin data was not at risk. we proceeded upon those investigati investigations until they told us otherwise, so we immediately disclosed that. as we have learned more, we have been truthful and timely in all that communication. that's the heart of target. that's part of our value system. and we take that very, very
seriously. so we've wanted to be as truthful as we possibly can and share what we can recognizing it's an ongoing criminal investigation. >> i can completely appreciate that, but i can also say as a target shopper who was here during that time period and used my own credit and debit card, it just makes me wonder, is there any more information that could be stolen? or is this all the -- it just makes me wonder, is there something you will find out this week or the next week after? >> i can tell you, becky, you are our number one priority. clearly, we are accountable for this. we are responsible for this. and i can't tell you how sorry we are that this happened to you or any one of our guests. and we're going to have to learn from this. and we can't speculate on what we don't know, but we believe in our heart, we know in our heart of hearts our environment is safe and secure. and everything that we've learned as it relates to guest
data we have disclosed, and we don't believe that there is any other evidence that speaks contrary to that. >> if i'm someone who did shop here, and i am during that time period, i've been monitoring my account, looking for anything along the lines, i just wonder, what percentage of people actually have had their information and what percentage of that 40 million and the 70 million, do you add the two numbers together? the 40 and 70 or is there overlap? >> there is overlap, but i can assure you from the guest standedness point, it is not acceptab acceptable. we are trying to be proactive, so zero liability for the guest, free credit monitoring services, it's notification by e-mail where we have the notification, it's working with law enforcement and other social service agencies. we've already taken down 15 or 13 phishing sites, so we are actively involved in trying to educate the consumer and taking
down fraudulent activity. and we're providing tips along the way, monitor your account. if you have concerns, change your pin number. is ask for a card to be reissued. if there's concern, there's some things that you can do as a consumer. >> i can monitor my account, but how can i know that someone hasn't done one of these phishing sites and set up an alternate identity and used a credit card take up out in my name that i won't find out down the road? >> we don't know, but we are trying to educate the guest and be super transparent in making sure that our guests, there are no liabilities for anything related to this fraudulent activity. whether it is happening now or down the road. we think credit monitoring helps, we think tips and taking out phishing sites, all that in combination and just the awareness of the consumer is going to help a lot. >> what's to say, you're offering credit monitoring for a year, what's to say that 14 months from now i'm safe? what if the information is the
same and hasn't changed, what is to say someone doesn't rip me off the road a year from now? >> if you look at the tips, if you have concerns whatsoever, change your pin or request a new card. and that really restarts the clock again. and we will send you a new card, if you want to expedite it, we'll do anything we can possibly do to alleviate future concerns. >> do you feel like you're coming out the other end or there's still a lot of work to be done? >> we are in the middle of this criminal investigation, it's going to continue to take some time until we really understand what happened, how it happened, and all that. so we're committed to make sure that we get to the bottom of this. >> target has come under fire for waiting four days to tell the consumer about the breach, but steinhofel says that was moving at lightning speed from their perspective. we'll tell you what the company did during the four days. and it got interesting with neiman marcus breached and three other smaller retailers. >> it was a month now before we heard anything. >> the breach occurred at the
same time but you didn't hear about it for weeks. >> the speculation on neiman marcus is it is around a million people. we'll talk to analysts later about what the analysis is internally, but when do you go public or not go public. is a million people on a relative basis so small that you don't need to know. i don't know. >> unless you're one of the million people. it is an interesting question that will take a while to see how the consumer reacts to this. on friday they shade shoppers were coming back into the stores, but that was before the latest announcement before the 7 million additional other people. >> did you get the sense of what he thought he had done wrong? he said we're making changes, but clearly may must have been making changes because they didn't do something the first time. >> they can't talk about a lot of things, but one of the things they want to change is just the encryption technology you use overall. europe has a different standard, they use a chip. >> has he talked about that? >> he is pushing for moving u.s.
standards to that, too. target tried it a while ago and didn't use. there was an adoption across the board. >> the credit card companies don't want to do it. none of the banks want to do it. it is much more expensive, and historically the banks didn't care because they didn't have these type of problems. >> they go over this in business school. all these guys, it seems to me they all go back to tylenol and jim burke. and here's -- so they talk to you and then they talk to you. yeah, it's in there. this is "the wall street journal." >> this is "the new york times." >> they talk to you and give you a long interview. then at the same time that you're doing it, all this stuff hits in all the papers. >> it's a coordinated effort, it is. >> did they do it right? did they do -- steinhofel, he is steinhofel furniture, the same guy. i guess he's from wisconsin. i can tell. he's almost from fargo. he seems very -- with his accent. green bay, that's too bad.
it didn't fair too well for the pack, but steinhofel furniture, that's a weird name to be in retail. it must be the same family and is the same family. >> but he's been at target since the late '70s. >> so he's a homer there. but when they come out, did they do as well as j&j or did they wait too long? >> honestly, it will take time. it will be written up in harvard business school and revealed. it will be -- they will take time to figure out what they did right and a lot of that depends on whether shoppers come back. >> what i don't understand is why you feel any less safe or any more safe at target than you would at amazon or macy's or any of these places. >> i think the disclosure over the weekend that other retailers were hit, three retailers with outlets in malls, i think that probably changes the situation a little. >> unless you think that these people had lousy technology, which is possible. but on a relative basis i
imagine this possible every day. >> until you walk around the store, i was just wondering, were you shopping? could you just hold on for a second? because target is such a great store. >> i really wanted some makeup that i ran out of, and i had to stop myself from going to buy it. >> i know you because you walk along and you're just like -- could you just -- >> you do know me. >> could you hold on for one second? i could do it at target, too. >> i had to run and catch a flight afterwards, but i was doing exactly what you said. >> but they have all kinds of video games, they have everything that -- >> did you know apple is their fourth larger supplier? i hasn't realized because they sell so many ipods and iphones. there's more interesting stuff that we talked to him about. we'll bring you that later. we'll talk about godman now quickly. we'll talk about target more, but i know you think that i'm full of beans. >> me? >> yeah.
stocks were down for the first seven trading days. that's the -- >> seven. >> right! because it was on a wednesday, they went -- it counts, but when you start on a thursday, you're going to do seven, because the first two were sort of -- you're still hungover. it's more important how january goes. than how the first week of january goes. we had a big run-up. what did goldman sachs say? >> they say the opposite. stocks could be do for a pullback. >> this is tough. >> politico's morning money sites the weekly kick start report. goldman says the s&p 500's evaluation is lofty now by almost any measure. it believe the s&p trades close to fair value. that's different than lofty in that the forward path will depend on profit growth rather than pe expansion. goldman -- they think we haven't heard this already?
every guy that has come on has said this. the bank further the further p/e expansion will be difficult to achieve as rates head higher. we may have seen some good levels as far as multiples, but then again, we know that as the bull market gets long in the tooth, usually you go to extremes. so we'll see whether 17 or whatever it is is lofty as they say. we'll check on the markets this morning. we'll see what we're in for. it's monday, people don't like mondays. for the sun, i finally saw it in the solar system yesterday. did you see it? >> yeah. >> it is interesting how fogs over lakes, is that cool looking? when was that, sunday and last week when we came in. >> on friday when we came in it was like that, too. >> i asked both of my kids, why do we live? do we have a good reason why we live up here? neither one came up with a good reason to living in new jersey.
>> works here. >> i don't know why you live in new jersey. >> no, on the east coast. i like jersey better than where you live. >> i'm pleased with where i live. >> a cab driver -- it is a jungle, it is scary where you live. >> it is not -- it is a wonderful place. the greatest city in the world. >> crossing the street, none of the cab drivers get in trouble for driving like maniacs. >> that can happen anywhere. >> really? you think that's going to -- that doesn't happen where we live, believe me. anyway, i meant weatherwise, east coast. i don't mean new york. you don't need to take a shot at new jersey, just because i happen to mention it. >> i can make a shot about the bridge, but we'll leave it alone. it was a joke. >> the bridge is still going on, isn't it? >> the bridge is not over. >> for me now, i know some things happened during it, but what it started out as was kind of -- you wouldn't know that it would be -- it was a prank. it started out as something
where you didn't know someone wasn't going to get emergency care, you didn't know someone was going to be looking for a 3-year-old. the cover-up is always worse than the crime. chris christie seemed awfully sincere when he was talking. the actual case itself, when i look at the i.r.s. or benghazi or the fast and furious, it's like, you're kidding? you think this is on the same level, and i know, for you it is much worse than benghazi, but for me it's not. >> i don't know if it is worse, but all these things are bad across the board. >> you want government to be as perfect as it should be. to rise to the level of what it can do to people. >> if it could, it would be a great thing. coming up, we'll talk about whether the retail industry can make the technology switch to protect consumers. this is the story we were talking about with becky earlier. and more reaction to her exclusive interview with the target ceo. we'll have that from sachs' ceo and the president of the national retail federation.
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welcome back to "squawk box." gregg steinhofel talked to becky quick about the data breach. >> we are talking about the chip technology that's pervasive and is global around the world. we think it is time for america to make that commitment to get to that standard. there's been some discussion about end of 2015, we think it's important that we get there as a nation. and we want not only to participant in that conversation, but we want to lead in that conversation, too. we think it is really important that we have safe and secure environment. and that chip technology is the right technology. and we should adopt that. >> steinhofel's topics will be head at the convention in new york today. joining us from there, the former saks chairman and board
of the nrf, and matt shea, the ceo of nrf. lots of -- acronyms or sort of acronyms. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> you heard that interview, and i'm curious how quickly you think the retail industry is going to try to take up changing the way the credit card industry has worked, in part because thus far the banks have not wanted to pay the transition nor have the retailers. >> well, i think that the target breach is a catalyst that can get all of us moving. it's a very high priority for the nrf. we had our board meeting yesterday. it was one of the primary topics of discussion. we are ready to move quickly and put resources behind it because i think gregg's comments are right, we need to move to new technology. it will require cooperation with the banks and retailers. >> neiman marcus in how long
they waited to tell the public, close to at least a month it appears, what is the right answer? did neiman marcus do the right thing or the wrong thing? >> i'm not sure there's an exact answer for every situation. i think the key is working with law enforcement to make sure you're doing everything you can to address the issue as soon as you learn about it. some of the reasons that people don't and aren't able to disclose it immediately is because they are working with the secret service and the department of justice, other law enforcement, and until they are ready to go, if they release the information too early, they will tip off the hackers and may not find out who did this or how they did it. but ultimately we all have a responsibility and want to play our role, and we're going to spend hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars on new point of sail equipment. but we need to move to chip and pin technology. we're using essentially an a-track tape from the 1960s with the magnetic stream. it is time to move to a magnetic chip embedded in a card and a pin reader, something at least
in the 21st century. what we have now is obsolete. what we're talking about adopting, if we don't do it soon, it will be obsolete soon, too. >> steve, if you were at saks and this happened, how quickly would you tell the public? and do you get credit for telling the public even if you don't know the entire story? because that's what happened here at target. >> well, i think one of the things, you want to move as quickly as you can, but you want to make sure you have all the facts. and you also want to make sure that you're as matt said responsible to the law enforcement authority. so there is a balance there. i think target did move quickly. four days was, i think, extremely rapid response. and i think that they have been very forthright with ads in this morning's papers to educate the public. this is a very difficult situation. and obviously it has business impact as well. but i think gregg's comments are very appropriate. they are moving as quickly as they can. they are doing the right things. and they are right that we need
to move on to new technology because the hackers are out there. we're going to do all we can to protect them. >> how do you feel, steve, about both the neiman revelation over the weekend, which came up apparently over the holidays, so we are talking about a month-plus. according to reuters, three other brand name retailers that we don't even know about yet. >> i don't know the neiman facts. i think that clearly karen and her team are doing what they think are the right way to be approaching this thing. i don't think anybody is trying to hide the facts from the consumers. i think, again, everybody is working with law enforcement authorities and trying to do what's right. >> let's talk about the customer. go ahead, greg. >> well, i was going to say, yeah, no, this isn't just about one or two companies or about a single industry, this is a threat we all face every single day. the general accounting office put out a report, just published last week, in 2012 there were 22,000 instances of cyber breach
and data breach of the federal government alone. so for the department of defense getting hacked, the financial institutions, people are working on this every single day. that's one of the reasons we have 500 boots here, we have 2,000 exhibit booths, we have 30,000 people here. innovation is a big part of what we're talking about. we are talking about big data, analytics, mobile payments, the next generation of technology. retailers are doing this every single day, but we're not the only stakeholders here. so we need financial institutions, the cad issuers, we have an interest in protecting the consumer. that's the number one interest and it should be for the other stake holders as well. >> we'll talk about the consumer. in this case target has seen a slowdown in business after revealing this news. do you think this is going to become such a common occurrence that the consumer is not going to care? or do you think that this is actually going to have a meaningful impact on a lot of different retailers? >> oh, i think that the consumer cares. there's no question in my mind that they are worried about it,
and part of what target is doing is educating the consumer about phishing and e-mails coming to them. so clearly the consumer is worried about this. i don't think they will become oblivious to the whole thing. >> role of the government in protecting the retailer, a lot of -- most companies are sort of left to their own devices until they actually have a problem. there have been some industries and some businesses that have said, actually, you know what? the police, if you will, the government should be helping us protect ourselves. where do you stand on that issue? >> well, you know, i think we recognize that we're all being challenged every single day and the federal government has a role to play here. and in some of these cases the secret service and treasury and justice are involved. so retailers are victims of this, too. if consumers are the victims primarily, but retailers are victimized every single day, as are other businesses. so we have to continue to work together and work constantly
having that conversation to ensure that we're doing everything we can to protect retailers as well as protect the consumers. >> i do think over time there's going to be a need for common standards and there's a role that the legislature can play here as well. >> okay. matt, steve, thank you, appreciate it. good luck with the conference. >> thank you. >> thank you. coming up, is the security breach something that keeps other retail executives up at night? we'll talk about that and more with macy's chairman and ceo terry lundgren in the next half hour. first, an exclusive unveil at the auto show. bmw's north american ceo takes the wraps off a new vehicle. and heading to break, a look at last week's winners and losers. ♪ [ male announcer ] this is the story
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good morning. welcome back to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm joe kernen along with becky quick and andrew ross sorkin. target's ceo tells cnbc that the retailer is accountable for the data breach that now affects some 100 million customers. i would like to have 100 million customers if i were a company. out of 300 million people? in an interview with becky yesterday, steinhofel said what
transpired is not completely known yet but malware was installed on the point of sail registers. target is working with law enforcement to determine when it was done and who did it. we'll have more from the retail executive in about 15 minutes. honeywell is cooperating with the justice department probe into the overseas production of equipment it provided for a u.s. fighter jet. and this involves electronics that honeywell manufactured for the new f-35 fighter plane. and the average price for a gallon of gasoline rising to its highest level since mid-october. the lumberg survey says that the gallon of regular unleaded is $3.35, that's up 8 or 9 cents from the $3.26 we saw three weeks earlier. the north american international auto show is kicking into high gear this morning in detroit. the biggest auto execs in the world strutting their stuff with phil lebeau joining us from detroit with a special guest and
a "squawk" exclusive ahead of the unveil. >> reporter: i know you love unveils and today we are joined by the north american ceo for bmw. let's not waste anybody's time here. let's show them the new two series. tell me about this car, which is gorgeous, by the way. >> that's what bmw is about. set back cab and it sets drive me. this is why bmw is here, it's what we're about. it's the ultimate driving machine. someone out for having fun with a car should buy this. >> reporter: that's important because a lot of people look at the luxury market right now and forget there is still a core audience that want to have fun, the speed and performance. >> but they also want fuel economy. this comes in one package. absolutely the right car. >> reporter: goes on sale first quart her? >> yep. >> reporter: what's your expectations in terms of demand out there? where are the buyers coming from? moving in from other bmw models, bringing them from your feet or
the competitors? >> we think it is satisfying the true bmw customer at heart. so it's actually both, and in the end, just looking at the car, it looks very decisive for a person to buy a car. this just speaks for itself. >> let me ask you about what you have come off with, a phenomenal year, first time topping sales of 300,000 here in the united states. you departmeidn't win the crown number one luxury brand, so how important is that when you talk to other executives in the industry, because they say that's the most important thing, winning the crown? >> we have done it two times in a row. you can't win all races, but we have had the best year ever. so we really are happy about 2013. >> reporter: as you move into '14, you're expanding production in south carolina. >> we are. >> reporter: in the spartanburg plant, any problems bringing in talent for the jobs you'll be adding down there? >> not at all.
we still have very motivated people there that are just, you know, they have a family spirit there. and they attract new colleagues. we don't have a challenge there. >> reporter: and the skill labor pool is still strong enough down there in south carolina? >> we are working with that. we are educating people while we are recruiting. it works very well for us. >> reporter: final question. you're heading into this huge year expanding production down there, you're going to have spartanburg up close to 400,000 in capacity? >> this may be a long-term target, yes. >> reporter: 400,000, will that make it the number one bmw plant in terms of worldwide? >> maybe, yes. >> reporter: he's not going to commit to it, but this is the northern american ceo of bmw joining us at the north american international auto show. don't forget, we have a "squawk" news maker interview at 8:00. don't miss this. mary barra, the new ceo of general motors, incoming ceo, she'll be joining us for her only live interview this morning here at the detroit auto show.
you do not want to miss this interview. i know you guys will be part of it as well. we're looking forward to that coming up at 8:00. guys, back to you. >> thank you, gentlemen. cool little car. appreciate it. definitely looking forward to that interview. stick around. when we come back, we do have a big weekend for nfl. the broncos, the patriots, the 49ers and the seahawks moving on. but the big story off the field, what the league is doing with that thursday night game. they could be going up for bid. we'll talk about that right after this. and macy's has been riding high through the holidays. ceo terry lundgren will tell us about the company's performance and the concerns about the data breaches at the retailers we have been talking about. " squawk box" will be right back. mine was earned orbiting the moon in 1971. afghanistan, in 2009.
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welcome back to "squawk box." looking at u.s. equity futures that the hour, seeing how the market is setting itself up. we have red arrows, this is day eight now where we are down for the jeer? dow will open down 23 points this morning. the nfl is talking to tell vision networks about selling a package of thursday night games as soon as next season. the nfl network plans to retain some games, but with games drawing monster ratings, any additional games are hugely appealing to the networks. and there are not a whole lot of things you have to watch live, but football games is one of them. >> this is where the digital thing comes into play. they may try to sell the package to a google, netflix or somebody to play in that new world. >> the amazing thing is that if you had talked to people, you go through all these games and anybody can win on any given and sunday, but look at the four teams left, those are the four
best teams that you felt would make it. it's awesome. next week is -- you have payton versus tom brady again. and then you got russell wilson, seattle looks so tough, but then the crazy capnik, that guy, it's really good. >> were you up watching everything last night? >> i saw everything. and i saw the first half hour of what i think is the finest awards ceremony. >> oh, my goodness. >> bar none. because it is nbc, right? this is my idea, those two ladies are funny. and it reminds me of "saturday night live." i think all award ceremonies that the hosts should be from "saturday night live." and that the whole ceremony should be like "saturday night live." have it real and give out the real awards, but just know how just absolutely ridiculous all of it is right from the start. and how seriously all these people take themselves, make it "saturday night live" awesome so
that it -- you know what i mean? what's that? >> please get us out of here. >> that's my idea. >> it was awesome. >> coming up, the parade is still going for macy's. the stock continues to outpace the competition. up next, we'll talk to macy's ceo terry lundgren about the next act for his company. we'll find out if the risk of a security breach keeps him up at night. "squawk box" will be right back. [ telephone rings ] [ shirley ] edward jones.
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well, it is a very challenging time for target, i can tell you that. it's a real punch in the gut, but throughout the crisis, we've had a singular focus by doing the right thing by the guest. we are a company that has been here for 51 years, and we have focused on the guest and made the guest our priority for that entire time. so we knew that, we know that our guests trust in us and it is shaken, but they love our stores, they love our brand. we'll work really hard to become even a better retailer over time. >> that was target, they needed a reaction shot at the very end of that, because becky, you were listening intently -- >> that was a lot of stuff between last night and today. >> that was target ceo gregg
steinhofel. joining us now is the ceo of macy's, terry lundgren, i'm sure this is front and center all the time with you. >> yeah, indeed. we have nothing to make us believe that this is an issue for us at this moment, but this is a subject that has been going on for some time. and as was said in earlier interviews which i listened to, this is a much broader issue than one or two companies. so everybody is on alert. >> and far be it from you to have this happen, but when it happens to somebody else, you can bone up a little bit. have you actually increased any type of monitoring or precautionary steps based on what you saw happen with target? and i guess with neiman marcus as well? >> i think we were already there. we take this subject very, very
seriously. and i'm involved with other organizations, so i get a chance to listen to other companies, other industries talk about this subject. and so long before it became headlines at target, you know, our own company was very focused on this subject. that's not to say that that's the answer, but it's indeed helpful that we've been focused on this subject for a long time now. >> watching what you've done with macy's, too, it's kind of a pain that -- that's almost like playing defense. and you're playing offense. so well at macy's with what's happened the last couple of years, and the latest initiatives that you have announced, but you have to play defense, don't you? you need to field both sides of the game, i guess, or else you're going to be in trouble. >> yeah. you know, listen, you always want to be on offense whenever you can. and i think our recent announcements are an example of that. we're doing well, we are 4.3% on
same store sales for the november/december period. we feel really good about that. but that's not a time to rest. that's not a time to sit back and say everything's fine here. that's a time for us to think about what's next for us? how do we move forward? how do we find continuing operation in the business? that's what the most recent announcements are about. and we're pushing forward to the next big momentum mover for the company. >> terry, for the last decade, most retailers and the bank industry specifically has not been supportive of moving to the emv chip on the credit card, in part because of the high cost and because frankly the banks weren't taking on a lot of cost in terms of making up for any fraud that actually did happen. would you be supportive of this changeover? how much do you think it would cost macy's if they did it? >> i don't know the answer yet. but having said that, i mean, we should look very closely, all of us, we meaning the retailers, the banking industry, the credit card industry should be working
very closely together to figure out what is the right technology to protect consumers? that should be the focus. how do we make sure that the consumer is taken care of? the consumer is protected and then work around the solutions from there. but starts always in our company with putting the customer at the center of all of our decisions. this to me is one of those examples. >> it's always sad to close stores. what do you tell people, communities, when that's going to happen? how do you decide who to close? conversely you're adding probably more than you're closing. how do you know when you're not adding a place you're going to close down the road? >> we have over 800 stores. we close five storrs out of that portfolio. at the same time, we announce we're opening eight new storrs between macy's and bloomingdale's. this is just the rationalization that you go through every single year. what happens, joe, we've had a store sitting in a shopping center for 30 years and all of a
sudden another shopping center opens up two miles away. and in some case it's a zero sum gain. the business is transferred from one to the other. it's not something you can avoid. there's going to be that continuous evolution of new centers going and some of the deteriorating centers falling away. that will, unfortunately, be part of what happens in the retail business for the next several years. >> a few employees are being laid off as well. i saw that -- i mean, how would i know, where would i be able to tell in the scores who got laid off? my luck it would be men's underwear. how do you pick where the service might be lessened? >> well, a great -- first of all, a great deal of these jobs you would never interact with as a consumer, joe. many of these are management jobs which is unfortunate no matter what the job is. listen, i've said to my guys,
people are feeling pretty good about the fact that the stock, you know, advanced significantly on our announcements and people are feeling good about that. you know, i feel good about that. i don't feel good ever if i have to, you know, eliminate one job in my company. never going to celebrate when that's happening at the same time. and i'm very sincere about that. we talk about that internally in our company. but the reality is, the 2,500 jobs that we are eliminating is protecting the 175,000 jobs that we have in our company. in order for us to continue to grow, we have to move the emphasis to where we are growing. there are stores that are growing, there are business categories that are growing. and there are markets that are growing. of course, the whole omni channel change and shift has been dramatic in our company. i think we're the tenth largest internet company in america after netflix. we have so many going on in that
part of the world. i can't not fund those ideas and fulfillment centers i have to create. >> are you a believer that the economy has turned a corner and to the extent that we've just been talking about layoffs, what do you think of the job picture broadly? >> well, first of all, i think that the economy is not obvious that the economy is moving aggressively forward. that's clear. it's not obvious. but i'm looking at the fundamentals that are in place are better at this point in time than they were a year ago. we're all going against a this year, last year comparison. my belief is that there should be fewer head winds in 2014 than there were in 2013 and certainly in our own case, i think we've got a formula that's working that's focused on localization of product, focused on the omni channel consumer and focused on the magic selling component of our business. we have a strategy that works.
pore the macy's economy, anyway, i think we feel pretty good about it in 2014. >> i never thought of macy's as jcpenney. it's not that simple, terry, the difference between the two companies. macy's is -- you know, i don't think of it as neiman marcus or saks. i think of it as macy's. it seems if someone else had been running it it might not be where it is right now. how do you -- what's the difference? where did jcpenney go wrong? i don't want you to help your competitor obviously. what was the real crux of matter on how macy's has flourished as jcpenney has had such trouble? >> i would point to, you know, three things. one is, you've heard me say this before. i'm dead serious about it. we simply have the best and most talented team in the retail industry. it's not one person. it is a fantastic team of people. i think at every position i have
an all-star performer. that's one. two is we have a strategy. we've been focused on this strategy. we call it the mom strategy, it's my macy's, localized product. it's an organizational structure that gets it done. it's the shopper, how they shop and where they shop. we'll be responsive to those needs. we have a strategy that's very, very clear. then i would say last and very, very importantly, we start with the customer. you know, we know who our customer is. who's shopping with us. we're focused on that customer. we put the customer at the center of those decisions. we think about what do we need to do to be responsive to what this customer is looking for. i think those are the three things that have made macy's inc. the performer that it's been. on bloomingdale's, i say the same thing. we've had the same vision. >> it comes down to ordering the right stuff. you don't sell something ugly
where you don't sell a thing or have to take 80% off to move it out of the stores. you must have people who do that. you're a sharp dresser yourself. you have good people. >> we have talented people. >> yes. you know, but then by definition you've hired the talent. it comes back to you anyway. i know what you're saying there. you pick the right ones as well. >> i'm still trying to sell andrew a coat by the way. he keeps talking about coats. i can't get him into the store. >> macy's is -- >> i'll siene you an e-mail after the show. >> macy's is great. i was alluding to that earlier. it's a little too middle market for our friend here. >> we'll try him. we'll take him to bloomingdale's. that's fine. when we come back, getting to bottom of the target breach. chairman and ceo gregg steinhafel talks for the first time about the public relations nightmare that's impacted potentially 110 million customers.
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kicking off "squawk box" with an exclusive interview. target's chairman and ceo, gregg steinhafel. he speaks for the first time about the data breach. >> we are going to get down to the bottom of this. we are not going to rest until we understand what happened and how that happened. >> more of this exclusive interview, next. investing wisdom from a private equity giant, glenn hutchins of silver lake partners is today's guest host and he's bringing friends, including
at&t's ceo randall stevenson. conquer the morning, conquer the day, "squawk box" begins right now. ♪ oh it's 7:00 time for the party ♪ ♪ and i know what i want to see ♪ good morning and welcome back to "squawk box," andrew ross sorkin along with joe kernen and becky quick. breaking news right now. we have a $16 billion deal to announce, crossing the tape as we speak. beam being sold to suntory. this just crossed the wires moments ago. had the ceo -- >> the beam guy. >> we had the beam ceo. >> justin timberlake. >> it was about justin timberlake. >> suntory, osaka is mentioned here. it will create the world's third
largest premium spirits player with a portfolio of leading brands across different categories. it's 20 times ebitda for the last 12 months and 25% premium in its cash. 83.58 in cash. >> beam was the largest u.s.-based spirits company before this. this has brands jim beam, souza. >> knob creek. canadian club. >> i'm looking at suntory. they're bottling pepsi or other beverages like that in addition to the liquor business. >> i don't know any sunt 0. suntory products. sales of 17.6 billion. flagship, single malt whiskey is yamazaki. >> i'm looking at the brands.
a lot of them are international brands. >> international brands. >> not ones necessarily sold big here. >> i wonder what this says about -- >> origena. >> i recognize that. >> i wonder what this says about abe, making acquisitions of this size in cash no less. given the japanese markets run up as much as it has, you might have seen a transaction like this in stock but clearly, people feeling good. suntory. >> malibu rum, kailua -- >> suntory. >> they brought these liquors to japan. they also have jim beam listed. they must have been the importer for those things. >> pinnacle vodka. no. pinnacle is -- beam has
everything, tequila. maker's mark was always -- my parents love that. i can't tell the difference between bourbon. >> i can't tell the difference between any brands. >> a bad one is tough for me. let's talk more about target. the company has come under fire for the number of days is initially took to expose the massive breach to its payment system. the question is, what did the company know and when? gregg steinhafel details the company's time line and how it worked with the bank to notify and protect consumers. >> i found out on sunday, sunday was really day one. it was in the morning. >> sunday, what was the date? >> december 15th. >> that was the day we confirmed that we had an issue. our number one priority was do the right thing for the guest. so it was about making our environment safe and secure. we worked very hard on that. and by 6:00 that night, our
environment was safe and secure. we eliminated the malware and the access point. we were confident coming into monday, guests could come to target and shop with confidence and no risk. day two was really about initiating the investigation work. and the forensic work. we initiated that. that moved in and that has been ongoing. day three was about preparation. we want toed make sure our stores and call centers could be as prepared as possible and day four was notification. throughout that four-day process to some people it probably felt longer than that, we worked around the clock to try and do the right thing, to be transparent, truthful and then share what we knew as quickly as we could. >> some people will say it was a blogger who put out something on day three, december 1 th that pushed you to make the announcement on december 19th. is that true? >> part of that timetable all along was for us to make that announcement on day four. we were working around the clock to try and get the right -- to
prepare our stores and prepare our contact centers. we want guests that come in, once they hear that news, we want to be able to answer their questions and we want our call centers to be able to function appropriately. we were fully prepared to make that announcement on day four. >> you talk about what this means from the shoppers perspective. and you recently put out numbers that suggested that after this news first came out, shoppers dropped off, they weren't coming into the stores frequently. they weren't coming in in the same amount of traffic numbers and they weren't spending as much money. >> clearly, customers were confused, frustrated. they didn't understand. what we really wanted to ensure them that target's environment was safe and secure. there was an immediate dip but over time we've seen our business rebound back to almost normal prebreach levels. >> how big was the impact, let's say, in the first couple of
days? >> it was a pretty big impact. we disclosed through an 8k last friday some of the impact around the breach. >> on friday, again, you did put out more information. did that impact shopping trends on friday, saturday or even today? i know it's early. >> we don't look at it as a day-by-day basis. >> what have the banks and credit cards company said in normally my credit card company would be responsible for picking up fraudulent charges that would show up. that happened to me right before this as well. what has wells fargo had to say, visa and mastercard? >> we're in the middle of this investigation. we haven't gotten to the end of the timetable. there's a process that plays out. the issuing banks work with networkers and processors. ultimately we're accountable for this. we are responsible. we will incur the losses associated with that.
they'll be packaged and aggregated and brought to us. >> how big do you think those chargers should be? what should investors expect down the road? >> the liability will play out over time. we know that from prior breaches. so we don't have a timetable. we really don't have an amount. >> the banks dealt with this in very different ways. my bank, pnc has said don't worry about it, watch your account. you had jp morgan chase which was putting limits on how much people could spend. has that been frustrating with you and what has your interaction been with jp morgan chase and others? >> every bank has taken a different approach. we thought about that. we sat down, we came down on the side of the guest. we said let's not make a decision for our guests. let's give our guest choices. and i think different banks have different things. if you're concerned, change your pin, if you want a new card, if you want it expedited, do that.
we came down on the side of let the guest decide what's best for them. the guests are like this is no big deal. i'm not affected. in other cases, there's banks that are reissuing. most of the industry came down on choice like we did. and jp morgan and a few others took a different approach. >> did you get frustrated by jp morgan and this whole issue? it made consumers mad that were caught in the middle of the holiday shopping season, they were traveling and issues came up and they couldn't use their cards. backlash comes to target. >> we're accountable and responsible for that. it's not up to us to decide what policies are correct for any financial institution. >> there's a lot of confusion out there with consumers, i this i, when you hear numbers like 40 million and 70 million and maybe you add those up and get to 110 million, how many people have seen fraudulent activity on their accounts to this point?
i know about five people personally. >> i can't speak to what the other cards have seen. we have seen almost no fraud len the activity on our target red cart. i come back to the priority is on the guest. every guest, whether a red card holder or nonred card holder will have zero liability and the free credit monitoring. we want to make sure it's crystal clear, regardless of where you shop or what card you have -- >> almost zero on the red card? i've read reports that suggested that the number of these credit and debit accounts that are out there on the black market websites increased by 10 to 20 times right after this announcement. >> we have three credit card products in our red card, a debit card an a proprietary credit card. we've seen zero activity. >> not a single person. >> not a single person that we are aware of. >> we have low level activity on the legacy target visa card. that's the only place wife seen anything to this point. but, again, this is ongoing. we'll continue to monitor --
>> i know at least five people who had incidents that came up and they're tieing this back to target. >> is that incorrect. >> one was an american express. >> i'm addressing the red card portfolio. i can't address any of the potential fraud len the activity that happened in any other accounts. we don't get access to that information. >> that makes it sound like there's nothing that has led to fraudulent activity from this. is that what you're suggesting? >> i'm not suggesting that at all. there is clearly some fraudulent activity. i think the important thing is, regardless of what the fraud len the activity is, that may change over time, there is zero liability for the guest. zero -- i mean, we are responsible. we're accountable for all of it and we want to make that crystal clear to everybody that shopped in our store. >> an important point we should make, while customers will have zero liability for fraudulent charges, target isn't necessarily on the hook for all of those charges.
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it. he gave a bunch of money and raised money for it. >> david rubenstein is on tomorrow. >> we'll talk to him about the progress. >> he's another guy with so much money. anyw anyway, welcome back to "squawk box." beam is being acquired by suntory. they got the money. it's cash. >> it's cash. >> abe printed so much over there. >> i think i mentioned the earlier price, it wasn't the closing price. it was what it moved to. >> $73. the closing price was 63. wendy's, shares getting a boost on upbeat guidance. up 4%. wendy's got a brand new facility out where i live. it was closed for a while which we had no place to get fries.
you program in what you want. no caffeine, diet there, flavoring, it comes out, whatever you order, out of the same nozzle. state of the art. fast food is not your -- >> no, no. i'm joking. glenn hutchins is the co-founder of silver lake partners. also on the board of the new york federal reserve, correct, si sir? >> yes, sir. >> recently started a new program at brookings which we want to talk a lot about in tells of what monetary policy looks like in the future. since we've been talking about target and retail all morning and specifically technology, we consider you a technologist. >> thank you. >> when you see the target news, over the weekend we had a potential breach at neiman marcus that happened during the holidays, is this something we've going to live with? is this going to get solved in the next year or two? >> i think it will be a chronic problem.
where you have some amount of -- the world in which we live in, the technology is interconnected and rapidly changing, highly motivated people, governments or individuals that have the skills to crack all that. i think it's something we'll have to live with. on the commercial side, you'll have to get better every year, every day, vigilant and learn how to combat it but don't expect it to go away. >> one of the big issues is who should be responsible for all of this, protecting us? meaning how much of it should be the corporations and businesses having all the fire walls and how much should be the government working with the companies? >> bankers will explain off the record, they're spending billions of dollars to keep people safe. they're battling nation states. >> that's a good point. there's a bit of an asymmetric problem here.
they call quasi government actors out there, people who work by the government by day and themselves at night or are licensed the way the ancient privateers used to be. they go and find things and bring them back to government. i think there are two things the government can do. i'm not an expert on this. one is make sure the technology is developing developed in a collaborative way. the second is a policing function. once something like this happens, have the capabilities to do the forensics, to understand how it happened and get the bad guys. those are two kinds of roles. we live if a market economy. large part businesses have to be the first line of defense for their own businesses. >> yes. >> let's talk about the hutchins center on fiscal and monetary policy. >> mouthful. >> you just started this at brookings. you hired david wessel, one of my favorite columnist to run it. >> he's my second favorite after you. >> thank you for that. >> hook you up to a polygraph if
you keep saying stuff like that. >> you're spending $10 million on this project. what is this about? >> it's by my observation, your observation, we've talked about this, since the financial crisis markets have been influenced by financial policy. we talked about t.a.r.p., qe, fiscal cliff, sequester, now to taper or not to taper. i thought there was a need really to sort of have a dispassionate, high quality, completely nonpartisan, highly sophisticated commentator at the center of that for analytics and commentary. there's no think tank in the world that does good monetary policy analysis. most of that happens inside central banks, is constrained by the institutional interest of central banks. to have a good -- we will have immediately the world-class
go-to place for thinking about monetary policy. if you think about one more second about that, the interaction between monetary and fiscal policy is critical. because the two, though they're made in different places, their interaction is important. there's really only one place in our world, the united states, where good fiscal policy analysis is done. it has a set of political constraints as well. >> where is the data from? >> the data is available. it's having the ability and capability to analyze it. >> the data matters. the jobs number on friday, some people think is real and some people say is a complete outlier. what do you do as a think tank having to rely on that data. >> you put some of the best economists in the world in a nonpartisan way to look at those issues. already at brookings we have the leading u.s. tax policy analytical unit called the tax policy center. that's already in place.
all those capabilities, to launch it, we can talk more about it, to launch it on thursday afternoon we'll have ben bernanke at brookings. broadcast live. >> you couldn't get anyone else? >> broadcast live on cnbc. >> we heard you were busy, joe. becky was our first choice. >> we go back and forth for years. but when you said -- when i asked you what party you are? you said i'm the capitalist party. it's a sad commentary where we've gotten to the point where we do need to look at fiscal and monetary policy. they can be forces for good but they can also be forces that can be sort of the -- that can hold back the system. it would be nice to know exactly what we're doing and how some of it's positive and how some of it's negative so we can do the right thing for everybody, to grow as quickly as we possibly can. >> i often times say if someone asked me to design a set of policies that were best designed to discourage economic growth in the united states, i could not
have done a better job than the u.s. congress did. also at the time when businesses needed to plan for the future to have undisciplined spending. high quality, completely nonpartisan way, have somebody to talk about that. >> you picked guys from brookings because you know what the perception is. you even leaned some of it right. >> it's not bipartisan. it's nonpartisan. it's the best ideas and the best thinking. >> like me. we'll talk about some of those best idea as the program progresses. phil lebeau landed the interview of mary barra at 8:00 a.m. eastern from the detroit auto show. time now for today's aflac trivia question. by what percentage did pope francis boost tourism at the vatican in 2013? the answer when cnbc "squawk box" continues.
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welcome back to "squawk box," everyone. our top story, target's ceo telling us that the retailer is accountable for the data breach that now affects as many as 110 million customers. he says that the full extent of what transpired is not yet known. he did say that malware was installed on the company's point of sale registers. tarring set working with law enforcement officials to try and determine who did it and when it was done. we'll have more from the retail executive in about 15 minutes.
some of our other headlines within general motors is close to paying a dividend for the first time since 2008. that's according to the automaker's cfo. he declined to give details on the timing. he spoke on the sidelines of this week's detroit auto show. lululemon is one of our early stocks to watch this morning. they're cutting their earnings and sales outlook for the current quarter. it says traffic and sales trends have decelerated mean iingfully since january. and beam is being bought by suntory holdings. >> and washington just got a new player in the think tank area with the recent announcement of the hutchins center on fiscal and monetary policy at the brookings institution. joining us now is david wessel, the founding director of that center and a "wall street journal" contributing correspondent. our guest host is glenn
hutchins. he's vice chairman at the brookings institution and is funding the new center. will there be fewer journal pieces for us to read. >> fewer journal peetzs in print, probably a lot onlien. that's what the future is. >> that's what the future is anyway. what attracted you to this project. >> i've been at "the wall street journal" for 30 years. it seemed to me it was time to try something else. glenn and i ran into each other in a bar, hotel in washington. he told me what he was doing and asked me if i had any ideas of who might be the director. the next day i sent him a note and volunteered. >> he was boning up on his conservative credentials. you're a "wall street journal" guy. the editorial page less than -- >> as glenn said earlier, we've seen in the last five or six years the enormous impact fiscal policy, taxes and spending, monetary policy, what the fed does has on ordinary people's lives. if there's anything that cries
out for scrutiny and critical evaluation, it's these policies. brookings is a great place to do it. thanks to glenn we have the resources. >> given the influence in our everyday life of the fed in the last five years, maybe that was because of the crisis obviously, but we mentioned it here. that for a while, it looked as though the fed felt that every -- you know, minute ticking of the economy was derived from their actions, which i think is a bad thing. hopefully you'll be able to shine light on that at the institute. these guys with the mandate, why add four or five more mandates on there? >> actually, we gave them a third mandate. they're responsible for financial stability. >> think about that. >> i think it has a lot to do with fiscal and monetary policy. unlike the european central bank, the federal reserve said if congress is going to do the wrong thing we'll try and do more for the economy. i think they were pushed into this by the counterproductive
fiscal policy. >> there are people that think that the fed erred on being way too activist and the fiscal policy were doing the right thing by adding more stimulus. >> it's hard to make the case that the sequester was the right thing. tightening the federal government's belt. >> he might be the right guy for you at brookings. >> some economists were pointing out that we've had a low-level recovery, describing the secular stagnation. we've been growing 1.8% per year. >> the different parties characterize the cause of that. >> my point is if you're sitting in the shoes of someone making policy, you're looking at the kind of fiscal policy. i want to get david to talk about fiscal policy. you have the tools to alleviate that. you might think there could be long-run decisiistortions from that. i have to act today.
i think you could argue about what was done, the extent it was done. but the vast majority of people, had they been in the shoes of the decisionmaker would have done the same thing. >> it doesn't mean we don't have long-term fiscal problems. >> right. >> it's frustrating to be in washington and think what's the big economic argument? should we extend unemployment for three months and pay for it or not? that doesn't seem to be prudent policy. >> neither does raising minimum wage on 2.5% of workers that are between the age of 16 and 22 anyway. >> that brings up another issue. we have a widening gap between winners and losers. there is more inequality. the question is what should, if anything, should the government do about it? gun hubbard, he had an op-ed talking about what he thinks they ought to do instead of raising the minimum wage, expand
the earned income tax credit. >> right. >> the fact that those issues are coming to the front and center is another opportunity for think tank people to say, look, these are your choices. these are the pros and cons of this option and that option. and don't listen so much to the talking points or the advocates. here are real data and analysis. >> there's a good argument, people argue that qe, one of the affects has been securities prices more than housing prices. people's whose wealth is in the stock market have done better than if their wealth is in in their homes. so there's still, the unevenness of this recovery, driven large part because there hasn't been enough rising tide, less than 2% to lift all the boats, means some of these issues have come to the forum, we need to pay attention to them. >> right. we need big answers. we don't need $2 increase in -- >> insufficient, you're
absolutely right. >> i have a jobs question that's a technology question. tom freedman wrote a column, called the second machine age that andrew mcphee wrote. the book argues what we've been talking about the past week or two, which is that we're moving to a second age of technology. the first age of technology improved everybody's life but required human beings, more jobs to make them work. we're coming to a second period in which technology is so advanced that ultimately we can outinnovate the job creation machine. what's your take? >> i think that -- i think it's an enormous problem. and the question is how do we use technology to leverage human beings and provide jobs for lots of people? i think what we're seeing now is that the technology is getting so good, that it's starting to displace some people who were skilled. and so it's a real challenge to this society. how do we get the benefits of technology without ending up with people who don't have work?
one in six men between 25 and 54 today is not working. and some of that has to do with technology changing faster than people. >> you look in europe, it's probably three out of six. looking at it in a vacuum -- >> is that your standard for a good economy, we're doing better than europe. >> it's not. we're talking about it in a vacuum rather than in terms of technology. all along, they're doing whatever the industrial revolution -- a lot of people were saying this is going to put people out of business. it hasn't happened. there will be something else that comes along. >> sometimes it is different. one thing we don't know about is the pace of technological innovation has quickened. it's difficult for individuals to change. >> it's improved all of our lives to a much greater extent -- >> i understand that. >> there are two other features. one is there's a longer term
multidecade equal liberation as others enter the marketplace. >> that equalization is coming down, not up. >> it's coming up for them. >> that's beginning to reach limits. we're talking about how china is having trouble keeping its export engine going because costs are increasing there. i think the second thing is on this inequality issue, because of the technology, if you'ref successful locally, you can be successful globally. that accentuates the winners and losers effect. >> david wessel, thank you for coming in. >> thank you. randall will be sticking around. we have more of becky's exclusive interview when we come back. r insurance. yeah. everybody knows that. did you know there is an oldest trick in the book?
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outlook. more from dick lebeau. the chevy silverado has been named truck of the year and car of the year is the chevy corvette stingray. the red card has been a big loyalty driver for target. how does the data breach impact that growing business? >> the red card product is something that our guests love. we have grown that penetration. it's a key strategy. our guests get 5% off every shopping visit they come. it's simple, powerful, easy to understand. they love it. they also love shopping in our store. initially it shook their confidence a little bit and we did see a dip. it's rebounded back and it's almost back to the same level that it was pre-incident.
i think it's understandable they were frustrated and concerned initially. it's a powerful product and we've worked hard to communicate with red card holders. we're sending out notifications, telling them they're not liable and telling them about the free monitoring. they've said i get it, as we've added reassurances. >> steinhafel says not a single red card user has experienced fraud to date. that doesn't tell the story about other cards that have been used there. it's a close thing being watched by wall street. it drives loyalty, that in turn makes them more competitive for walmart. it's been a big driver for the business. >> you want to buy stock in right now? >> what. >> who makes the chips for the credit cards? the physical -- that's the company you should be buying right this minute. that i think is about to -- anyway, there it is. coming up next, a trading outlook for 2014 from the man who runs nasdaq, ceo bob
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welcome back to "squawk box." the first initial public offering of the year taking place at the nasdaq last week. for more on the driving force behind the tech sector we are joined by bob greifeld. our guest host glenn hutchins sits on the board of nasdaq. are you still an investor? >> my family foundation is still an investor but silver lake sold its stocks. >> at a good profit. >> at a good profit. >> let's talk about the market for a little bit. how much of this is being driven by the economy and what kind of bump do you think the jobs act is i is giving this? so many ipos had a jobs act component to them in terms of disclosures. >> we had 90% of the ipos that
came to market follow under the confidential filing of the jobs act. i think more important than that was when you talk to the biotech companies, we had 36 biotech companies become public in nasdaq. it was an explosion, some of the good things that happened with intercept last week, they filed confidentially. they were able to test their road show and knew if they were going to be accepted. the jobs act has had a positive impact in particular on biotech. >> how interests are you that some of these companies, particularly in biotech, are coming out too soon. two or three years later from now, we'll look back at the generation of new companies and said, there were a lot of duds in there. >> when you look at biotech, there's going to be winners and losers. i think important to recognize investors go into that space recognizing that. right? we're about full disclosure, understanding the risk. not every company can be
intercept. i would say it's important to recognize the public markets which are often criticized forever being short term, have the ability to think long term when the investment thesis from the beginning is specified, this is a long-term risky proposition. >> the good news is a lot more companies having the opportunity to go public. the bad news, there are critics that say the jobs act makes it more difficult for investors to truly understand what's going on at some of these institutions. >> the investors will end up with the same information. the window for them to digest this information is shorter. no investor should invest if they don't have adequate times to understand the s-1s and the company. >> one of the impediments on taking a company public is the time to takes to do that. if you can actually file something privately, have it
ready to go, that is significantly improves the access to companies. you eliminate the market risk between the time you decide to go public and when you can. it's a huge benefit. >> very large. >> there's plenty of time for those prospectuses to be digested. they don't need to look at a draft of a prospect us three or four months before it goes public. >> you're a private equity guy. your firm has remained private unlike others. you own a lot of companies you take private and you make a case, i assume to the ceos, like michael dell, you need to be private. is it better to be private or public? yet you're on the board of a public company. >> public securities is just a tool. it's a tall to finance your company. you can finance your company private or publicly. just a tool.
and different courses are right for different horses, different companies at different times in their life cycle. >> are we in a tech bubble? >> when you look at the numbers, it would suggest not. look at the market last year went up 30%. 22% of that was multiple expansion. you say, okay, that gives signs of a bubble. you look at the long-term p/e. in around around the ten-year average for the p/e multiple companies. we feel good that the market was somewhat underpriced. now it seems to be fairly priced. we look at 2014, i think the conclusion you'd have to come to is you're probably not going to have the broad market appreciation you had in '13 but clearly there will be opportunities where there are good stocks within the market. >> was the nasdaq 5,000 in the late '90s a double? >> when you look at the earnings -- >> if this -- we need a different name for what this is. we need a different name for what that was. think about what is the overall nasdaq earnings per share versus
what it was when it was at 5,000? it must be a difference. >> right now we're running with a p/e of 19 times. >> back then it was what? >> there was no p/e because you didn't have a lot of e. >> right. >> our ten-year ratio is within 19. clearly going into '13, the p/e ratio is depressed as compared to long term. >> it's tripled since then. >> i brought data comparing this market to the market of -- i think it's up there. we might be able to get it up there on the screen. if you compare the increase in values, forward p/es, backward p/es, prices, et cetera, between now and the 2000 time period there's no comparison. >> we've never seen five again. >> on the other hand, you know, i have numbers here, 60% of companies that went public were not profitable.
that's versus 80% in 2000. the venture-backed ipos, there were 76 of them, the largest number since 2000. >> there's your chart. >> that's the chart right there. we can see it up here. this shows, this compares the five years following the financial crisis in blue to the five years that in green that ended up in the ipo bubble from 2000. the current number's in blue, the bubble year is green. it's a huge amount of difference between the two. we can't analogize between the two, i think. >> the nyse had more technology listings. people point back and say that's because of what happened with facebook. has the nasdaq been able to turn that around? do you think that's what happened? >> we disagree with that assertion. we count 27 technology companies to their 25. more importantly is to look at the success we've had in many sectors. in the last three years, all
market share in industrials went from 20% to 40%. we're quite proud of that. biotechnology, we went 100% of the biotech companies that went to market look at sprouts, fairway, pot belly, we dominated that sector and we also dominated health care outside of biotech. we're proud of the fact that we have broadened our appeal across the number of issues across many different sectors. we appreciate that. we're in a fight but we did have 27. >> how do you measure the success of the ipo? twitter looks like a successful ipo, yet you could argue depending on which side of the aisle you're on that they left a lot of money on the table. on the flip side, facebook and now their stock has come back, they didn't leave a lot of money on the table except there were people that were frustrated and angry about it. >> just in your comments, you can tell the time frame matters. clearly facebook is higher now than it was at the ipo.
>> what should a company do, try and get the most they can initially or price it reasonably? >> listen to their bankers and make their own decision. >> why would you listen to bankers? buy it, sell it, merge, demerge. >> listen to their bankers and make their own decisions after that. >> as an investor when i've taken companies public, i've always tried to bring them public at a fair value. for two reasons. one is because if you're going to do it repeatedly, you want the mark tote know when you sell things to them, they get value for it. the second, you typically sell a low amount of the secondary shares. >> 90% you don't sell gets valued at that new price. >> except you have less cash. >> for some of the businesses the cash doesn't matter. >> the ipo is the first step in a long process. >> being public is an endless surge of quarters. you can't focus on one quarter or two quarters. >> spoken like a ceo, endless
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guest host glenn hutchins is here. the final hour of "squawk box" begins right now ♪ there's too much traffic i can't catch no ♪ ♪ so i'm try my best >> welcome back to "squawk box," i'm joe kernen along with andrew ross sorkin and becky quick. i'm here with glenn hutchins, silver lake partners co-founder. you're doing things with brookings, harvard, you're a philanthropist. you're all over the place. >> silver lake is the great accomplishment of my business life. >> 1999. >> very proud of the firm. >> number one you're totally overeducated. are you still paying off some of the school bills. >> no. i managed to get those paid off.
now i have bills for my children i'm paying. >> you're a lawyer, an mba. >> i think education is important. i'm concerned about student loans building up. >> after all that you had no job when you got out of school. >> professors were worried about me. i wanted to ab entrepreneur. >> they're not laughing anymore. i tell you that much. >> it worked out very well. >> thank you. >> today is the first media day at the detroit auto show. one of the most sought-after people there is mary barra, gm incoming ceo. >> car and truck of the year, you were down there, first time in three years an automaker has swept those awards. >> it's exciting. i'm proud of the team. i'm proud of all the three gm products that were part of the
finalists but for the chevrolet silverado, it's a great truck. and the corvette, it won the most awards ever, at least last year. >> for the silverado, it's a great bounce back that you'll be recalling 370,000. >> we'll put the customer at the center of everything we do. we found an issue. it happens in a very cold temperature. we'll do the right thing for the customer and take care of the situation. >> this speaks to what you wrote in a memo as the global product chief saying, no more crappy cars. people looked at that and said it's blunt language but welcome language. is this what you're talking about? >> absolutely. when we talk and start a new vehicle program we're going in to win the segment. we want to make sure we understand the customer. we are getting the right performance, quality and knockout styling. >> are you getting better at doing that, do you think? >> i think if you look at the
awards we just received that tells the story. you look at the chevy impala, cars getting recognition and leading in their segments. >> a lot of attention will be focused on you as you become the next ceo of general motors, the first woman to run a major automaker. give us perspective in terms of how much this means not only to you and your familiar but for the auto industry and female executives in the auto industry. >> i am honored and humbled to lead the team. the many women of general motors work so hard. i believe we have the most talented team in the field. we're aligned. we know what we want to do. it's about great cars and trucks, building strong brands and delivering quality and value. i would say from a female perspective, you know, if i can encourage young women or young men as they're looking at fields they want to go into to pursue a career in math and science, that's great. we need more people with technical degrees. >> leading the world's largest
automaker, you see not only the u.s. economy but the global economy. let's talk about both of these. the u.s. economy heading into 2014, what's your perspective and what do you expect? >> i think we've, since we came out of the '08-'09 time frame, we've seen steady growth. hopefully we'll continue to see that. we're looking to continue to build and, again, with great products. we're looking to take advantage of that as well. in the last year and this year together we have 32 new launches coming out. again, it will be about the product and how we get those into the marketplace. >> i know andrew has a question for you. go ahead. >> congratulations on the appointment. i want to talk about the landscape of new vehicles aand new types of vehicles. when you think of tesla, do you think electric cars win the day? do you think it's another technology? >> we recently launched the cadillac elr.
we have the spark ev. very important products. i think electrification will continue to grow as we go forward. it's a lot about the technology as we continue to make breakthroughs in technology, i think you'll see that advance. i think a very important segment of the auto market globally. >> the suv and the big vehicles, even some of the pickup trucks, they're a big part of the picture again, big part of the profitability of general motors. we've had stable gasoline prices for years. we have the frac'ing revolution but if you look out at the future, 10, 15, 20 years, there are families that have three kids that need these cars but then again it looks like the automakers didn't learn the first time around you can't tie your fortunes so closely with these big vehicles. what's your view on that? >> again, every single vehicle we put into the marketplace we're looking to make sure it's
as fuel efficient as possible and we understand the segment. the v8 engines are the most fuel efficient of any on the marketplace in the trucks coming out. we get every single amount of efficiency out of the engine and other fuel sources. >> when you look at this year, you're going to be -- your production level here in the united states is beginning to be the highest that it's been this a number of years. i don't know if it's the highest of all time in terms of number of vehicles built here. are you finding enough skilled labor out there right now in terms of what you're looking for at the different facilities around the united states? >> absolutely. we have been able to put $10 billion back into the u.s. economy as we go forward and i would say we have great work forces around the world. that's a very important message and the jobs that we can put back into the economy are very important. >> one last question. a lot of people have asked me to ask you, what's the car that you drive the most? i know you have access to all the gm vehicles. which one do you drive more than
others? >> well, you know, i'm really enjoying the cadillac cts. it's a great vehicle. and i've also been driving the escalade with some of the weather because it handles extremely well. every one has an important part in our portfolio. i try to spend time in all of them. >> mary barra, the new ceo of general motors starting on friday, joining us here at the international north american auto show. >> thank you for bringing us that interview. congratulations again to mary. coming up, we talk about connecting with at&t. ceo randall stephenson is going to join us to talk about business friends and fierce competition for wireless customers. "squawk box" returns right after this. up next, target's ceo on its massive credit card hacking scandal that has affected 70 million customers. >> every guest, whether you're a red card holder or nonred card holder will have zero liability. and later, the ceo of forest
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more than three weeks after target initially disclosed the breach at its u.s. stores, a tremendous amount of confusion remains. i asked the ceo what tarring set doing to correct it and what he thinks is the possible solution to security threats like this one. >> i think there's a lot of confusion in this. that's understandable. we're trying to be as clear as we possibly can. this is what happened, this is what didn't happen. here are some tips. if you have any concerns what ever sob change your pin, get a new card. >> what are the misconceptions. >> there were misconceptions as it relates to p.i.n. data, when did we hear about it, when did we not hear about it. everybody interprets the story a little bit different. we've tried to be transparent and clear in terms of what we know did happen and what we know didn't happen. >> neiman marcus came out and said they were hacked into as
well, they've had a data breach. >> yes. >> we heard another story that suggests at least three other smaller retailers were hit at the same time. there are some security experts who think it might all be related. do you think it's related? >> i don't know that it's related but i think there's a better way. in the united states we're using mag stripe technology. that's old technology. there's a better way called emv technology. >> is that the chip? >> it's chip technology and it's a well established standard throughout the world. we think it's time for america to make that commitment. >> target used to use that technology in the past. what happened? >> we had that technology over ten years ago. and we were ahead of our time. we were trying to set the trend to say, this is where the industry needs to go. and we were out front of the industry and the industry didn't follow. i think the industry is ready now. i think we're ready to have a different conversation and i think base the on the
sensitivity of what happened at target and other retail institution, i think that -- i think we're at a different time. i think the fact that this is such a well established standard globally, i think we're ready to move. >> why didn't it get adopted before? is it more expensive? what was the problem with it? because it's picked up in europe. it is the way europe does it. >> it is the european standard. this is one of those where it takes a village. everybody has to participate. all retail, all networks, all financial institutions, everybody has to participate in making this the national standard. and we tried to take a leadership position and there wasn't enough of the village that came along at that time. >> where was the holdup, the banks? >> i'm not exactly sure. i don't recall specifically what the holdup was. i think the -- where we are today, i think that conversation will be far different. i think everybody will be far more receptive. they're seeing the vulnerability of the system.
they see the technology that's being used today is analogue technology and we're operating in a digital world and other countries have moved ahead of us. america should be the leader in this kind of technology. we shouldn't be following everybody else. we should be at or with the global technology. >> i have to admit, this has my friends and i all thinking about the safety and security of the system overall. is your money safe in the bank? are you safe making transacti transactions, using your card anywhere? my guess is you've been having those conversations inside the boardroom, inside your offices with injure staff. what do you think about the state of our security right now. >> i can tell you that we are highly confident that target's environment is safe and secure. >> not just target. i'm talking beyond that. i'm talking about america overall. i think your concerns about moving to the chip probably show you do have concerns about where we stand. >> i think what we've seen is vulnerability in our system. and i think if we are pro-active and really engage and move it
forward, we can accomplish this, we can accomplish anything. we're a nation of prosperity and we can solve any problem if we put our minds to it. i'm optimistic that we'll move forward in this chip technology. by 2015 this will be the standard in the u.s. >> i saw angry blogging comments when this first happened, people interviewed, man on the street type of stuff talking about it. have you had one-on-one facetime situations with customers where you're trying to explain to them what happened, where you're on the phone with them? how much interaction have you had with the shoppers. >> no one screens my e-mail. so i have read every single e-mail that has come to me. as you described it's run the gamut of emotions from, i'm with you, target, i'm with you, i trust you, i know this is a criminal act against your company, your team, your guest. and i've had the other side of that equation, too, where there
has been some very poorly chosen words to describe target and myself. and i read every one of them. and i understand, they're upset, frustrated. they have every right to be. we have to do everything possible to make it right by every guest and earn that trust back. >> one thing target is doing is offering free credit monitoring to all customers who shopped in their stores during the breach period. go online to creditmonitoring.target.com and register for that program. coming up, forest labs striking a $3 billion deal last week to improve its drug portfolio. we speak to the company's ceo next. then, randall stephenson, the head guy at at&t, a rare in-studio appearance from mr. stephenson. "squawk box" will be back right after this break. ing floor in real time. ♪ the shell brought him great fame.
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forest labs still taking the pharma world by storm. the stock up more than 80% over the past 52 weeks despite patent loss concerns for its two top selling drugs. joining us now exclusively from the jp morgan health care conference in san francisco is brent saunders, president and ceo of forest labs. mr. saunders, it's great to see you. >> yes, nice to talk to you as
well. >> you have an acquisition that will certainly help with the product line. one of the things to consider is one of your best-selling drugs, i've been following your company for so long with lexipro and celexa but the alzheimer's medication, there's a way of dealing with the patent expiration by combining it with aricep or doing a limited release. do you worry that the technology will bring something along that puts -- out of business? >> i hope innovation continues to improve in this field. i think in the short term amenda will be just fine. there's not a lot of late-stage pipeline that's been successful. we believe we have a long,
durable franchise. >> you made an acquisition from tpg. tell us about it and what it will do for you. what kind of products you're bringing on board. i guess you want to develop these products. they have a lot of potential but at this point, they're sort of on the ground level, right? >> right. as you know, you mentioned earlier, when lexipro went generic two years ago, it was put in five therapeutic areas, including gi. we have an anchor there. my view is we need to create line buster calls. we have a bunch of gi products as well as bringing us into the cystic fibrosis space. it's a good strategic fit, good fit. >> have you heard from carl lately?
were you the result of some of his activism, brent? >> well, i do speak with carl regularly and he has fully bought into the strategy i started executing. and he pushes us, let's just put it that way. which is a good thing. which is a good thing. >> where, when you look at who's going to do something in alzheimer's, we're not talking about forest right now, who do you think is on the right track in terms of something that actually works? it's unclear, it's very expensive but it's unclear if dealing with the plaques is efficacious at all. >> exactly. that's the exact issue. there's not a good understanding of the right way to go. i think there are some promising early programs but they take a long time and are very expensive. there is a lot of people looking at it. i think the program i recently looked at that looked interesting and one i know well, because i was at schering-plough
a while back is merck's program kaled base. they have work to do still. >> brent, we appreciate your time. how much revenue are you bringing in with eptalis? how much is it replacing alexipor and amenda? >> it is bringing in $700 million. we believe we can grow that. a lot of cost synergies but revenue synergies in this deal. >> great. we appreciate youing us today. and we see carl, too. carl is everywhere. we're talking about -- our viewers think we're talking about carl quintanilla. we're not. we're talking about carl icahn in this interview. he has about three hours before he'll even stir. >> he only went to stir a couple
hours ago. >> might be up but he's going back. >> he's nocturnal,s y as you kn. if you're lucky he can tweet about you. >> he can. >> he's a good tweeter now. when we come back, at&t ceo randall stephenson joins us in studio. we talk about smartphones and the fierce competition for customers right after this. plus, we'll wrap up our exclusive interview with target ceo gregg steinhafel. we'll find out how he found out about the target breach and how it affected him personally. that story and much more, just ahead. to get a list of equity options... evaluate them with our p&l calculator... and execute faster with our more intuitive trade ticket. i'm greg stevens, and i helped create fidelity's options platform. it's one more innovative reason serious investors are choosing fidelity. now get 200 free trades when you open an account.
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holdings for $14 billion, $83.50 per share, a 25% premium over beam's closing price on friday. we should say that's all cash. and soda stream announcing preliminary earnings results falling below street estimates. we just got one of these things. the holiday selling season was challenging and that it's disappointed in its performance. >> our next newsmaker of the morning, randall stephenson, chairman and ceo of at&t. great to see you, randall. >> good to see you. >> great to see you in studio. we'll talk now about all the definitive trends in mobile and communication that i know we can count on as long as a banana is ripe, basically. i'm looking at your notes here. where are we now, six month -- is there anything you can count on for longer than six months in this business? >> this industry, what it's done over the last five years is stunning.
you look back at how fast things have progressed going from iteriter -- literally six years ago no smartphones, no app store or apps in earle. we are of the opinion you consider what's happening and cloud technology is beginning to mature, we think the next five years will move at a faster pace than the last five years. >> is that with good news or bad news? good news because consumers are buying but bad news because it's hard to keep up as a company. >> it's good news. companies will be doing things they never thought possible. if you look back the last five years, what it's done is transform our industry radically. we think the next five years is going to transform every industry. >> aren't you hesitant to make predictions to us right now? three weeks from now, it might be a totally different answer. >> i wouldn't make predictions
on what device is going to be exciting. >> or a specific service. >> directionally there are trends i think are fairly predictable. >> any i could understand? >> yes. we have a philosophy that we want to mobilize everything. because what we have seen over the years is you take any application, any function, if you make that function or application mobile, utility of it explodes. and the easiest example is music. what happened when the 8-track cassette tape came along? you mobilized music. >> they don't remember that. >> when you say more innovation, more innovation connecting people and devices. i read a peace about ces. the people said the phone, the phone has been innovated. it's a slab, it's glass. there might be more technology on it but it will not be that different over the next five years. is it the phone or other things
you'll connect to? >> it's the functionality of the phone. think of it this way, the phone has become and is more and more going to become like the remote control of your life. okay? go back to ces. what was the big a-ha at ces? the great device everybody was talking about is the automobile. the automobile is connected. it is being connected to the internet. all right? so we've been very, very aggressive over the last couple of years chasing this because we believe the phone will be the driver of the car experience. it will be the driver of the home automation experience. >> right. >> we've been aggressively working with general motors. i saw the new ceo through a huge partner of ours to connect the automobile. just think of the functionality that's in your phone, whether it be weather, maps, music. that same functionality is resident in the automobile. but they're not integrated. >> he's saying it's about the software, not about the hardware. >> exactly right. >> when does the telephone
company become the bank when it comes to e-commerce? there has always been the question of who will own the e-commerce function of the device. >> when you leave home there's three things you will not leave home without, your keys, wallet and smartphone. the smartphone will become the means by which you access your home, your business locations, et cetera. we are convinced the smartphone will be the medium by which you conduct commerce day in and day out. >> do you collect a fee or does apple collect the fee or does chase collect the fee? >> that's kind of the big issue that's up in the air right now. you have ebay with paypal. they're doing a lot in this area, google, apple, we at verizon and t-mobile have created an environment that's open. we want the phone to have the capability to do commerce. it's wide open.
if you want a chase card in there, you put it in. american express, put it in. create it in an open environment so it is the medium by which you are doing commerce. >> at&t was the largest capital investor in the country, spending more capital than anything else. >> over each of the last five years, that's been the case. >> think about that for a minute. that's about building up the network to pass ig tate all this. a lot of this is facilitated by 4g and 5g. talk about what you've done at a network level to make all this happen. >> if you go back to 2006, the year before the iphone launched, we've put either in organic investment into the networks, expanding the network with spectrum acquisitions. you put all that together, we've invested over $150 billion since this all began. this is, i this i, joe made the comment earlier. this is a capital intensive industry. and what we've had to do obviously is create this mobile
internet capacity which means sell sites. new antennas, the technological obsolescence curves are impressive. in 2006 we were deploying 3g technology, multibillion dollar investment. 2013 was all about deploying 4g, obsoleting 3g, going to 4g. they are running four and five-year obsolescence cycles. >> that's facilitating huge innovation. >> dare i say we are a subsidiary of comcast. do you see a day where you are able to provide over-the-air video that competes with cable? >> i made the comment that our -- kind of our philosophy in life at at&t is mobilize everything. and the iphone mobilized the internet. that's really what it did. we built networks such we can
mobilize the internet. we think the next functionality that gets mobilized at scale in a big way cost effectively is video. in fact, we have embarked on a initiative, you think about 3g, 4g, our next major capital investment is deploying video capability into our networks. it's all about delivering video. does that ever displace comcast or our own u-verse video service? probably not. we think a lot of content will be streamed over the top, i'm talking live sports programming, things you don't traditionally think of today in a cost effective way. >> can i talk to you about, you're the guy, the man for the business meeting at the roundtable. growth solves everything, we know that. we talked about that. that's bipartisan. i looked at those four things, there's no reason why we can't do all four of those things. >> i would agree. >> the fiscal stability, even if
it's only for two years, at least it's something. what was the next one you look forward to? we can do tax reform, obama himself said we can do tax reform. that's par mouamount. i just read an article, standing in the way of the trade agreements are the republicdemo his own party. >> we think not only are they the most important, those four initiatives in areas that would drive economic growth, we think they're ripe. >> they are. >> fiscal stability, the ryan murray plan, i don't think it was a cure-all. >> no. >> what it did was clear the table. we don't have to worry about the next fiscal crisis. you said it, tax reform, that one is ripe. there is -- you're hard pressed to find somebody in washington who would argue that the u.s. tax rates and corporations and
all businesses are not too high. vis-a-vis other countries around the global. when you have fluid capital markets and capital flows to the highest return, if we're uncompetitive -- >> if the president is not arguing you've gone as far as you can go. the one person that might have said no, he's even saying yes. >> he's supportive. >> yes, it's been a big priority as we can tell. >> how about immigration. that should be done. >> immigration is one of these, it's got to be fixed. the system is broken. we need this talent in the u.s. we're all starving for this tall en, people come here, they get educated at the best institutions in the world and the idea that we not only create a way for them to get here, we're booting a lot of them out. >> i worry about trade. trade might be the one thang that is the most troubled, the most problematic at this point. >> we have to get the president -- >> i think it's a fast track authority. >> why isn't entitlements reform on that list? >> i use the word ripe.
>> stuff we can do. >> i got it. >> stuff we can do. >> when you think of fiscal stability -- >> i got it. >> the courts of bowles simpson is ripe. especially now that we've made progress on the deficit, people are not talking about it anymore. which is a bad thing. >> they're not sustainable the way they presently are. i don't think they're ripe. >> i can count on you. he can help you with a couple of the things. >> that's what we'll be working on. the health care costs are moderating in ways we didn't expect. that problem is self-correcting, which is useful. social security has pretty understandable -- >> talk to me at the end of 2014. there's a couple of things happening this year that may go back to 6%. >> health care. >> yes. >> right. >> randall, good to see you in studio. >> see you in the office in a week. >> very good.
>> i saw oklahoma had a big win the other day. >> did you hear about that? >> i did see that. >> i'm talking basketball. >> he's talking about football. >> you're not watching hoops yet, it's too early. >> gives us hope that maybe the s.e.c. isn't the only place in the world. your buddy, stoops, awesome. up next, the target ceo and how the security breach affected him personally. also, tip leap laphilippe l coming up. ♪
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welcome back to "squawk box." a southwest airlines plane landed at the wrong missouri airport last night. the flight from chicago midway was scheduled to land at nearby branson airport. that's a much larger facility with a longer runway. but where this plane land, no one was hurt but apparently it stopped before going off some horrific cliff or something.
it's not clear whether the plane landed at the airport by accident or whether there was some type of emergency. the ntsb is going to investigate. >> what a good stalling tactic. >> pretend i can't read, which is not that far from the truth. >> i appreciate it. >> gregg steinhafel has spent his career at target, starting at the retailer in 1979 as a trainee in merchandising. he became ceo in may of 2008. here is his personal account of how he found out about the target breach. >> i was at home, it was a sunday morning. i was having coffee with my wife. i remember it, i remember it distinctly. because i got a call and upon that notification, i mean, my heart sunk. it's hard for me to describe the feeling that came over me. i mean, i was devastated. how could this happen to target? and it was really a moving
moment for me, because we're all about the guest. we're all about the trust and the relationship. this is what we've built the franchise on. and to have something like this happen was really -- was really -- it was really moving to me and still is. i'm still shaken by it. but i will tell you, it increased my resolve to say, we are going to put the guest first and continue to make the guest the number one priority and this particular incident is going to be my number one priority. and it has been since that time. and i will also tell you that i'm really proud of the way that the target team has responded. since that confirmation we've been all in. this team has work eed 7 by 24, christmas day, you name it, everybody's been all in throughout the organization. while we're not proud that it happened and we're deeply sorry that it happened and accountable for it, i'm super proud of the way the team has responded.
>> you know, we spoke with bill george on friday. he was our guest host, a former target board member. he pointed out this is a retailer's worst nightmare, this is the worst thing that can possibly happen. gregg steinhafel talked about that, too. a lot of people are watching this to see how they deal with it. a lot of retailers are concerned, worried it could happen to them, too. glenn, what do you think? >> i think it's a chronic feature of most companies in general. every time i see a ceo of a big company, i say have you had a breach? every one of them says yes. it's a part of doing business. >> if everyone has said yes, where do you think the disclosure should be? we talked about neiman marcus. it's taken them a month to tell the public about it. you don't know if the fbi or someone else has told them don't say something. >> the fbi and secret service are both investigating target
and neiman marcus. >> you shouldn't disclose unless it's material, you have to know what you're disclosing. the last thing you want is incomplete or misleading disclosure. it does take time to understand it all before you should be disclosing. >> thanks. >> all right. coming up, our next guest runs one of the world's hottest tech-focused hedge funds. philippe laffont will identify some of the best investment ideas for 2014. we'll do that when "squawk box" returns.
welcome back to "squawk box." head of one of the hottest tech funds joins us, philippe laffont, found or of -- you have $9 billion in your fun? wow. we should say, our guest host, all morning has been glenn hutchens from silver lakes partners. you got back from ces, you're a big tech investor. was there anything that stuck out as being excite ing in the tech world? >> yes. some years are more exciting than otherans this year it
didn't feel like there was one absolute flagship product. i'm sort of wondering more like what apple's going to do now, and they haven't done anything for a couple of years and i hope this is the year that they will. >> do you have money in apple? >> yes. >> you do? >> yes. >> where did you start? >> it seems like last year i kept buying high and selling low. i know you're supposed to do the opposite, it's been sort of a tough stock for last couple of years. but we have a large position around these prices. i would say -- >> what do you think is the breakthrough in 2014? >> the big phone. >> the big phone? >> just bigger screen. >> the bigger screen. i think randall said a little while ago, one you switch to a big screen, you use the phone more, there's more video. it's easier to type, bigger keyboard. i can type on my little iphone. i know you have an extra keyboard you're thinking of adding to the phone. i think the big phone makes a
big difference. >> eye how about the home? apple in the home? >> apple in the home, too. you'll get the apple tv. i buy phone -- i buy a movie on tv it shows up on my phone, ipad. it's simple to use. i just find it strange that this is one of great stocks selling at one of the cheapest multiples in the market, and something's going to change. >> where do you stand on microsoft? we'll get a ceo, we'll not in the next couple of weeks, it sounds like. >> strange, it seems like no one wants to be the ceo when there's two ex-ceos on the board. it's a tough one. this is a story if someone's allowed to do basic stuff, the stock could double. it's so much cost-cutting opportunity, so much restructuring opportunities. but is the new ceo allowed to do what he wants? >> you think that's the problem? they won't have autonomy, they won't be allowed to make changes they need to make? >> i think so. when you see innovation of apple and google and you're microsoft,
you don't want to cut this, you're thinking i'm going to get back to be like apple or google. they need restructuring, i think the r&d budge it is five times the size of apple and they don't seem to be coming up with anything new. >> where are you broadly on turnarounds. a number of tech turnarounds. blackberry's one, can they turn around? would you invest in any of these? >> over the 13 years i've invested on the turnarounds, i'm 0 for 7. >> which ones were you 0 for 7 on? >> i -- >> you bought them -- >> erased them from my mind. it's very difficult. i think technology, either you're a growth investor and you're a dreamer, or you're a value guy and you're very sort of like focused on the balance sheet. and you're one of two investors, hard to be both. >> the other thing i'm saying, it's hard to be turnaround as a passive investor. turnaround is more game for
private equity and control invest, so you can drive outcomes. >> would you look at a blackberry and say, maybe there's a shot here? >> i'm not going to talk about any existing public company -- nice try -- but we've done a bunch of turn ts arounds in the past. skype was a turnaround, increved in mci. you have to have control in business and a plan. >> where are you on the facebooks of the world and twitters of the world now? >> these are tough companies because they're so great, but the valuation is, at times, you scratch your head. i go back to google, in 2003, everybody said, you're crazy to invest in google as a public company, the stock went public at 90, this year they'll be at 60. the key with facebook and twitter to figure out five or ten years out, is it two or
three times earnings or not? i'm very optimistic about facebook and instagram, in particular, on the private side we invest in snapchat, that's also -- >> i wanted to get there. >> -- mobile related. twitter, boy, that stock went up so much so quickly. >> so i was leading to the big one, which you've been talking about for weeks on the show, snapchat, $3 billion, they turned that down. why did this make sense to you? you didn't invest in $3 billion valuation. >> we invested at much lower valuation than that. almost less than half of that. this is a chance with snapchat, i don't know if you've used it say i'm a football fan -- not soccer -- football fan. go to the saints and there's a little video about what they do in the locker room and preshow. it's nonprepared and i think
that's something big in the future. >> more than 1.5 billion big. thank you for coming in. >> thank you. >> football. we know what you mean. >> we're not thinking -- if you say football, we're not thinking soccer. >> we're not -- we do but you don't need to -- we'll talk about intercept. did you see intercept? we'll talk about that at some point. >> up 100 bucks -- >> down 150, i'll tell you why. >> what? >> i'll tell you now, i'll tell everybody else when we come back. >> we'll talk about what that when we come back. the stock of the day. [ male announcer ] this is the story
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usaa. we know what it means to serve. intercept, one point market cap of over $5 billion. went from 72 to 445. parents who received the experimental liver drug, there was some buildup of the bad cholesterol. worsening of the bad cholesterol in the study. a huge gain. >> thanks glenn hutchins for being here today. >> a big fan of your show.
it's a pleasure to be here. >> we're a fan of you. one word for 2014, what do you think? >> i think steadily improving economic conditions. >> okay. >> and growing stock market. >> we will see you in davos. that does it for us today. make sure you keep it locked on cnbc all day. it's time for "squawk on the street." ♪ mustang sally >> good monday morning. hope you had a great weekend. welcome to "squawk on the street." i'm carl quintanilla. david faber and jim cramer. earnings from the big banks headed our way, detroit auto show, m&a action, target ceo speaking to cnbc. ten-year down to 2.85 ahead of inflation data and regional surveys later. europe hanging on to green